Review: Fujifilm X-T200 – Budget Camera, Beautiful Pictures

The Fujifilm X-T200 is a reasonably-priced mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera that has solid specs for both stills and video. I was actually quite surprised by this camera: it’s better than I thought it would be. Just because it’s a little less expensive, doesn’t mean it’s not good. The X-T200 is a budget camera that captures beautiful pictures!

This X-T200 isn’t actually mine. I’m just borrowing it to create some film simulation recipes for it. I would be happy to own one, though, and have considered picking one up, but most likely I won’t.

Fujifilm X-Trans cameras are solidly built. The X-T200 isn’t X-Trans, but instead has a 24-megapixel Bayer sensor. The camera feels cheaper than X-Trans cameras, but it still looks nice, and I’m sure the build-quality is good despite all of the plastic. It has a PASM dial (yuck) instead of the shutter speed dial that Fujifilm cameras typically have.

Despite being cheaper and feeling cheaper and looking cheaper, the X-T200 delivers the goods, which is what matters most. I was impressed by the image quality from this camera. The pictures look really nice! There’s no reason why someone couldn’t use the X-T200 for serious work, and I’m sure there are some who do.

The JPEG options on this camera are similar to X-Trans II, so to me it seems out of date and limited, even though this is the latest model. Don’t expect to have the full array of film simulations or other options that you’ll find on the latest X-Trans cameras. Like the XF10, you cannot save custom presets, which is really too bad. Despite the limitations, the X-T200 delivers lovely JPEGs; you might be disappointed by the options, but you won’t be disappointed by the results!

Hidden Church – North Salt Lake, UT – Fujifilm X-T200

The X-T200 has an interesting rear screen, which is the same flip screen found on the X-T4, or at least it’s nearly identical to it. It’s cool that you can move it all around to different angles, which can be useful sometimes, but my favorite aspect of it is that you can close it backwards, to where you can’t see the screen (in a sense, like the X-Pro3). You can shoot it like a classic film camera! Yes, you could just turn the screen off, but it’s more fun to not even see it at all. Yet, when you need the screen, it can bend to all sorts of different angles for you.

Fujifilm has marketed the X-T200 as a vlogger’s camera. Spec-wise, it’s very video-centric, and it’s clear that they thought YouTubers or aspiring YouTubers might be interested in buying it. It can do 4K 30 frames-per-second, which is great, and 120 frames-per-second slow-motion, which is also great. It has built-in digital image stabilization. It checks a lot of boxes on paper. Take a look at this test video:

Video quality on the X-T200 isn’t spectacular. It’s not terrible, either—just mediocre or maybe a tad better than mediocre. While it’s probably plenty good enough for most people and purposes, if you are serious about video, this camera will leave you disappointed. That’s too bad, because if the video quality was just a little better, the X-T200 would be a tempting option for those in need of a budget-friendly video-centric camera. If you are primarily interested in a camera for video, you might want to consider other options. If you want a camera primarily for stills but you might dabble in video occasionally, you’ll likely find this camera to be good enough for your needs.

This review isn’t about technical specs, but actual real-world use of the camera. My opinion is that the Fujifilm X-T200 does quite well for still photography and is decent-but-not-great for video. It’s a better camera than I thought it would be, but not as good as some other options, or as good as it seems like it could be on paper. The Fujifilm X-T30 isn’t all that much more expensive, yet it is a better option, and if you can afford it, I believe you’ll be happier with it. Another camera to consider, especially if you’re interested in video, is the upcoming Fujifilm X-S10, which has IBIS and an X-Trans sensor, but it is more expensive and possibly outside your budget. If you can’t afford either of those two options, the X-T200 is certainly a “good enough” choice, and you’re likely to be happy with it.

The X-T200 has an MSRP of $700 for the body or $800 when combined with the 15-45mm kit lens, but it can routinely be found for less than that, and sometimes much less. You get a lot for the price, especially if you can find it for $500 or less. For someone just starting out, and perhaps looking for their very first interchangeable-lens camera, the X-T200 is a great option. For those wanting to upgrade from an X-Trans I or II model but are on a tight budget, the X-T200 is worth considering. It’s a good camera for the price, and as long as your expectations aren’t too high, you’re sure to love it.

Example photographs, all camera-made JPEGs using the Fujifilm X-T200:

Setting Sun Behind Refinery – North Salt Lake, UT – Fujifilm X-T200
Nature Above City – North Salt Lake, UT – Fujifilm X-T200
Early Autumn Evening – North Salt Lake, UT – Fujifilm X-T200
Red Tree Fruit – Layton, UT – Fujifilm X-T200
Grocery – Layton, UT – Fujifilm X-T200
Targets – Layton, UT – Fujifilm X-T200
Another Brick – Layton, UT – Fujifilm X-T200
Diagonal Structure – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T200
Yellow Lamp – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T200
Summer Garage – Sunset, UT – Fujifilm X-T200
Leaves & Thistle – Fruit Heights, UT – Fujifilm X-T200
Squash Leaves – Sunset, UT – Fujifilm X-T200

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  1. Khürt Williams · October 25, 2020

    The photographs are wonderful, Ritchie. The camera looks great with the 3mm lens.

    • Ritchie Roesch · October 25, 2020

      I appreciate it! I think it’s a good camera for a cheap price, if found discounted.

  2. Connor Lengkeek · November 1, 2020

    Hey Richie, loving the xt200 recipes! What recipe was used for grocery and targets?

    • Ritchie Roesch · November 2, 2020

      That was one that I started developing, and I didn’t really like it except for a couple pictures, so I didn’t make a recipe for it. It used Classic Chrome. Eventually I adjusted the settings and made the Golden Negative recipe.

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